Peterlee care home has a sense of summer fun

Staff and residents pictured in the sensory garden at Huntercombe House care home, Westcott Rd, Peterlee.
Staff and residents pictured in the sensory garden at Huntercombe House care home, Westcott Rd, Peterlee.

A CARE home is opening up its doors to the community for a fundraising summer fun day.

Huntercombe House, in Westcott Road, Peterlee, is hosting the event this Saturday from noon-4pm.

The purpose of the fun day is to celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of Huntercombe House’s sensory garden, raise vital funds for activities and to promote the service within the community, which helps people with learning difficulties.

The day will include a car boot sale, which will be open to the public. Traders are asked to set up stall from 11am, and the fee is £5 per trader.

There is limited space, that will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

There will also be live music from the home’s in-house band, house DJ, local jazz band, a karaoke, sweet and cake stalls, a big screen movie, face-painting, scavenger hunt, raffle, tombola, and fancy dress competition.

People are urged to go along dressed up as their favourite music or movie star, or famous character from a movie of book.

There will be a prize for the best-dressed adult and child.

Nicole Webster, the home’s activities co-ordinator, said: “Our residents have a lot of pleasure from the sensory garden any time the weather is nice, whether it is sitting out and enjoying the pleasantness or doing activities in the garden.

“It took our maintenance men Joe O’Donnell and Alan Rudd two solid months and four months planning for the garden, with our occupational therapist John Pope designing it and sourcing equipment.

“Mencap was also involved in helping us to fund the garden.”